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Conversación en la Catedral (Conversation in the Cathedral)

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A conversation is held in the Cathedral during the Manuel A. Odria dictatorship in Peru; over beers and a sea of freely spoken words, the conversation describes the degradation and the frustration of a town. Through a complicated web of private lives, the author analyzes the mental and moral mechanisms that govern power and the people behind it. Conversacion en la Catedral is more than a point of reference; it is a landmark in the history of present Literature.
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Overview

A conversation is held in the Cathedral during the Manuel A. Odria dictatorship in Peru; over beers and a sea of freely spoken words, the conversation describes the degradation and the frustration of a town. Through a complicated web of private lives, the author analyzes the mental and moral mechanisms that govern power and the people behind it. Conversacion en la Catedral is more than a point of reference; it is a landmark in the history of present Literature.
Zavalita y el zambo Ambrosio conversan en La Catedral. Estamos en Perú, durante el ochenio dictatorial del general Manuel A. Odría. Unas cuantas cervezas y un río de palabras en libertad para responder a la palabra amordazada por la dictadura. Los personajes, las historias que éstos cuentan, los fragmentos que van encajando, conforman la descripción minuciosa de un envilecimiento colectivo, el repaso de todos los caminos que hacen desembocar a un pueblo entero en la frustración.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788466319157
  • Publisher: Santillana USA Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Narrativa (Punto de Lectura) Series
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 351,114
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2005

    One of the greatest

    This novel was such a pleasure to read and so interesting I could not put it down. Though I came away sad that everything is so difficult for all the characters, that is life. Everyone, including the author, discusses this novel as a novel about the impact of a dictator. I do not see it as a dictator novel. It is about life and the limited options we all face no matter what world we live in. Everyone winds up with half a loaf or less. The quantity of life portrayed is astonishing. One of the great novels of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2004

    Disappointing

    This was my fourth Vargas Llosa book, and the most disappointing. It is difficult reading, with the writer jumping back and forth in time, but for all that work, the story and the mood were flat. The other books of his that I've read build and build to a stunning climax. You feel a sense of satisfaction at the end. Not so here.

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